Earlier this week, a hacker was able to gain access to a number of iPhones in Australia. These unlucky iPhone users were met with a message that said their iPhone was locked and could only be unlocked by paying a ransom fee to a listed PayPal account. Fortunately, users who had pass codes were able to get back in, but those without have had to restore their iPhones to the original factory settings.
The hack has been traced back to the Find My iPhone application. The hacker was able to snag passwords for Apple IDs through other existing phishing scams and apply them to the app. The hackers have been able to spread the range of the hack outside of Australia and into the U.S. and other countries. In the event you’ve been troubled by this hack we have a few steps to help you out.
These steps were provided by Softpedia.
Whatever you do, don’t pay the hackers a dime. It’s your device and you have every right to regain control of it. It’s not your fault your password got stolen.
Contact Apple. It may sound like an ordeal, but what would you prefer: paying $100 … upfront not knowing if the hackers will give you back your freedom, or having to chitchat with Apple Support on the phone? You can ring up Apple here.
In case Apple can’t help you right now and/or the hackers have set a passcode on your device, instructions on how to bypass the lock can be found on Apple’s support site, KB article ht1212.
Once you regain control of your device, it may be only for a brief period of time. This is your window of opportunity to change your Apple ID password and leave the ransomware guys in the cold. Changing/resetting your password can be done at appleid.apple.com.
Once you’ve done all this, it’s highly recommended that you switch on two-step verification, so nothing like this ever happens again.